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ERIC Number: ED367401
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar-27
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Harmonizing General Education Programs in Career and Professional Curricula.
Prager, Carolyn
The emergence of vocational curricula each with specific proficiencies has led to a new concept of the major dominated by technical rather than liberal learning. Although this has occurred at both two- and four-year institutions, applied curricula tend to disadvantage two-year students more than than their four-year counterparts because of less attention devoted to general as compared to technical education. Open-door institutions like community colleges can rethink general education in specialized curricula in the following three ways: (1) improving distribution requirements to include more general education in career tracks while still complying with accreditation standards; (2) developing interdisciplinary courses to include communication and thinking skills in occupational-technical courses; and (3) extending general education values into applied coursework via writing-across-the-curriculum or including group work, class discussions, essay exams, out-of-classroom projects, and other active learning strategies in technical courses such as accounting or business. Community colleges can encourage a deeper engagement with the liberal arts and encourage greater attention to academic skills such as writing and problem-solving by requiring evidence of their orderly and incremental study in their career and professional programs. Contains 13 references. (BCY)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the North Central Association Commission on Higher Education (99th, Chicago, IL, March 27, 1994).